Home replacement for Behold II


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  1. MrAndroid

    MrAndroid Active Member

    Best home replacement I have found so far for the Behold II is PandaHome w/ the Chrome theme... Looks very nice and gives you extra space for apps on screen with the 2 drawers it has... also notice a bit of speed improvement over stock home.

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  2. boostedscooby

    boostedscooby Well-Known Member

    I purchased open home and i like a lot. I do have panda home also as a back up and yes panda is faster than any other replacement home that i have downloaded.
  3. shawn1224

    shawn1224 Ex CEO-DNPSEA foundation VIP Member

    After using GDE I can't go back to open home. It has a much more polished look and the conversation widget is amazing.
  4. vegastattooed

    vegastattooed Member

    I love all the great stuff on here.I just got a Behold 2 today.Im reading what people are saying and i want to juice up my phone.This will sound stupid but how do i change my home space? Im used to BB and this is new.I cant wait to get going. Thanks alot, Charlie
  5. GnegSalaban

    GnegSalaban Member

    Do you mean how you can change to a home replacement? Or do you mean adding widgets and shortcuts to your home screen?
  6. markanon

    markanon Active Member

    I liked Panda, but ended up having slowness issues. Same story for Open Home, and Beautiful Widgets.... they're all nice, but over time slowed down too much.

    The best combo I've found thus far is GDE with the dark hero theme, and Weather Widget Donate running the flip clock + weather.

    Looks good, andI don't have any speed issues.
  7. shawn1224

    shawn1224 Ex CEO-DNPSEA foundation VIP Member

    You should try Obsidian theme on GDE, looks amazing.
  8. markanon

    markanon Active Member

    @vegastattooed: Just download one of the home replacement programs.
    Perhaps start with Panda Home... it's pretty decent, and it's free. The other two big ones are GDE and Open Home, and some like DxTop.

    After it has installed, press the home button. Android will then ask you which program you want to use, "twlauncher" or the program you installed. Select the one you installed, and click "use by default for this action."

    If you want to change your default, either uninstall or install a new home replacement program... it'll ask you which one you want to use the next time you press the home key.

    Or, you can go to the Settings page, select app settings, and find one of the home replacement programs. Click on it, and scroll down and click "clear defaults." As before, it will now ask you which program you want to use if you click on the home button.

    Hope that helps.



  9. markanon

    markanon Active Member

    @vegastattooed: Also, you'll need to get some decent widgets. I think the two most popular are "Beautiful Widgets" and also "Weather Widget Donate." (there is a free version of the Weather Widget as well... it may have some limits, but i liked it and felt like giving the author a buck.)

    After installing those, clear a space on your desktop that has room for the widget you'd like to use.

    In that empty space where you want the widget, press and hold your finger. A menu will pop up, select "Widgets" and then find the widget you want. You'll probably have to enter location info. I just use my zip code... that's much easier than GPS as long as you don't travel a whole lot.

    And enjoy!



  10. markanon

    markanon Active Member

    It looks like they updated Open Home, and performance seems to be much improved. And, since Open Home has both a memory optimizer and screenshot function, I'll be sticking with Open Home for a while. Here's my setup...

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  11. shawn1224

    shawn1224 Ex CEO-DNPSEA foundation VIP Member

    Nice, here's mine with GDE using Obsidian theme. I also posted it in the Android theme thread.


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  12. Bugdog

    Bugdog Well-Known Member

    How do you get the white flip-clock, I'm stuck with the translucent one. Running GDE w/Hero theme; Weather (donate) widget. Thanks!
  13. markanon

    markanon Active Member

    @shawn1224, very slick looking. GDE+Obsidian+Beautiful Widgets? Good stuff. I tried that route, but ran into performance issues, which is why I went with a simple 3 screen setup w/ no transparency. But I suspect performance varies significantly depending on what versions you're using. Perhaps I should give Beautiful Widgets another try. Also, what method did you use for screenshots?

    @Bugdog: Good question. I think I don't have the most recent version of Weather Widget. The newest one is basically in response to a legal complaint from HTC, which requires you to apply the skin to get the flip clock look instead of having that be the default. I think that may be the difference?
  14. markanon

    markanon Active Member

    Actually, looks to be a function of your theme. My screenshot was of Open Home + Dark Hero theme. However, when I switched to GDE + Obsidian, the same widget was now transparent.

    Huh.



  15. Bugdog

    Bugdog Well-Known Member

    Thanks--I'll try another theme or two and see how it works out. Def not the end of the world...
  16. 2FR35H

    2FR35H Well-Known Member

    Now what are the prices for GDE and Open Home?
  17. Bugdog

    Bugdog Well-Known Member

    Not sure exactly, but around $3. I think OH is $2.99, and GDE is like $3.25 or something. Not bad.
  18. Mr S

    Mr S Member

    Purchased GDE last night, it's amazing
  19. Bugdog

    Bugdog Well-Known Member

    HUGE improvement. I'm still finding workarounds for other things I don't like; it's quite the process. Just got Handcent SMS, which seems like a huge improvement, and Star Contact for my contacts (both free--recommended in another thread). I'm trying to find out if I can reassign the dialer and contacts soft keys in the GDE Hero theme, but no luck so far.
  20. shawn1224

    shawn1224 Ex CEO-DNPSEA foundation VIP Member

    Thanks, I haven't had any problems other than a little lag at times. I found an older copy of beautiful widgets (before the c&D) surfing the net and it works even better than when I was running weather widget donate.

    To take screenshots, you have to download the SDK and use ddms in the tools folder. The hardest part is getting the usb drivers installed, after that, it works pretty easily. Plus they have a bunch of tutorials floating around the net.
  21. markanon

    markanon Active Member

    Yeah, I can't believe how few options there are for screenshots. I used to have the SDK installed around 1.5, but reformatted for the Windows 7 Install. Now I can't get the damn thing to install properly. DDMS just flashes open and closes. UGH. Seems like Android can be such a slog sometimes.

    So as of now, it appears that you either have to use the SDK, or root your phone and install one of the apps from the market, or use a Home replacement which supports screen shots.

    The main reason I'm using Open Home is what I believe to be better memory management than GDE, but the fact that Open Home has a screen shot app certainly makes life easier.

    Whatever, they're both good, and I purchased and use both.




  22. 2FR35H

    2FR35H Well-Known Member

    Wow... I installed this GDE and now I could really careless if we get Android 2.x
  23. 2FR35H

    2FR35H Well-Known Member

    This is going fast like as if its been drugged with x
  24. 2FR35H

    2FR35H Well-Known Member

    I also use the Nexus1 theme and used fade for transition just simply beautiful now if only they can get live wall paper support.
  25. 2FR35H

    2FR35H Well-Known Member

    Also try slidescreen its a new home replacement. Its different from every other one I have seen basically if you like having all your information easily accessible then you will love this one its free and they have a pro version. I use the free one as well as GDE now.

    Quick access to email, twitter, if you are a corporate monster you can watch Nasdaq and Dow apparently Nasdaq is down $25.55 a share. Date and time and temperature are clearly visible. Access to text messages and missed calls and may I remind you this is completely free I think the pro version lets you use more social networks like myspace and facebook.

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